2. The Jaguars can benefit from Thibodeaux’s versatility
Improving Jacksonville’s pass rush will be the responsibility of new defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell. His system is akin to Todd Bowles’ scheme, which puts emphasis on getting to the quarterback. If you look at the defensive roster that’s still in place, the talent is there with the likes of Josh Allen and Myles Jack, but more is needed. Due to the versatility he brings, Thibodeaux could flourish in Caldwell’s system.
Thibodeaux could have an immediate impact from the outset as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Jaguars. That is where Caldwell can unlock his potential as a pass rusher. Unlike Hutchinson, who has been red-flagged due to a lack of bend, Thibodeaux doesn’t have the same issue. He’s able to explode off the edge and around the corner to nail the opposing quarterback. In an NFL that’s been shifting to mobile quarterbacks, Thibodeaux has the necessary sideline to sideline speed to go after these types of signal-callers once he outmaneuvers blockers.
A true physical freak that possesses raw power, speed, lateral quickness, and remarkable agility. The other aspect of Thibodeaux’s versatility is that he can be used inside as well, depending on what type of play Caldwell calls. If he wants a scenario in which all of the Jaguars’ best pass rushers are on the field simultaneously, Thibodeaux has the right tools to play in the interior.
Possessing a blend of mobility and strength, Thibodeaux can bull rush from the inside and effectively shed blockers, disengaging and getting after a running back or quarterback. Thibodeaux’s explosiveness will serve him well, whether it’s on the outside or inside.